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Asia and the Pacific: A story of transformation and resurgence - economic and social survey of Asia and the Pacific 1947-2014

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The UN-ESCAP (and its predecessor UN-ECAFE) has been ahead of the curve in shaping the ideas on economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region through its annual economic and social Survey. This publication aims to provide a first-hand account of what was happening during a period of unprecedented economic and social transformation. It contains a succinct narration of the countries’ reconstruction efforts and needs after the Second World War as well as their development aspirations and endeavours providing an analytical narrative of the transformation of the region infested with pervasive hunger and deprivation to the Asian miracle that lifted billions of human beings out of extreme poverty. It tells how the region from a periphery became the centre of gravity for the world economy. In short, it is an analytical story of the unfolding of the Asian drama.

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Lessons learned: Policymaking in context and learning from experience, domestic and regional

The rise of Asia from the ashes of colonialism and the assault of European powers and the enormous destructiveness of the Second World War and the subsequent civil wars compounded by external intervention represents perhaps the greatest change in the economic and political structure of the world since the advent of the industrial revolution in Western Europe and North America. It has been shown in this volume how the Survey has tracked that rise - with only a few gaps in time - almost every inch of the way. It has also recorded how the executive secretaries and the ECAFE/ESCAP secretariat, in collaboration with the larger world of academics and other professionals and civil society activists, have tried to facilitate that re-emergence with patient diplomacy, advice and responsiveness to the demands of member States which have themselves recognized the need for continual improvement in human development and access to all areas of human rights.

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